My Top 5 Books of 2021

I LOVE a good end of year book list. It’s so nice to spend a little time remembering the great books that have crossed my path in 2021. My method of choosing them was simply that if they jumped out at me as I scanned back through my blog, they made the shortlist. I then did an edit and landed on these five amazing books.

Not all published in 2021, but all read by me this year. So, in no particular order, here are…

My Top 5 Books of 2021

/ Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

I read Transcendent Kingdom back in February but it held firm to its place in this list, a true indication of its greatness. It looks at ideas of science and religion and if the two can truly co-exist, while packing a huge emotional punch. Loved it!

/ The Harpy by Megan Hunter

Exquisitely written, vivid imagery, in the realms of myth and totally relatable as a stressed out mum too. The Harpy was the kind of read that wrapped itself around me and didn’t let go. I still think about it now. Absolutely unique and so brilliant, if you haven’t yet – go and read it now!

/ Manifesto: On Never Giving Up by Bernardine Evaristo

I didn’t read a whole lot of non-fiction this year (something I plan to rectify in 2022…) but all the books I did read were excellent actually (see them here). Manifesto stood out as my favourite as I learnt so much more about the wonderful Bernardine Evaristo. She discusses her experiences of racism, her love for creating, her relationships and her amazing approach to life. One of the most engaging memoirs I’ve read.

/ Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

I’m not actually particularly drawn to books on prize lists but it was thanks to the Women’s Prize for Fiction that Piranesi hit my radar and after an initial hesitation in the first few pages, I let myself get immersed in the fantastical world of Piranesi and adored it. A definite out-of-my-comfort-zone read. I’m so glad I expanded my genre spectrum a little this year with this.

/ Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

Detransition, Baby stands out to me as it’s the first I’ve ever read with transgender characters at the helm. It is so well written: it’s funny and cutting, clever and thought-provoking. It’s a deep dive into transgender culture, but also a look at the complex nature of relationships and stereotypes in general, as well as what it means to be a mother or father. It covers a lot of themes and it does so wonderfully. Like nothing I’ve read before, just brilliant.

So there you have it! What do you think?

Reading about the books that meant so much to other people this year is always so interesting to me. Let me know if you’ve got a end-of-year list below and I’ll take a look!

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